To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:7-8
Every person on this earth is seeking something. The majority of people are seeking things for themselves. People want more of everything for themselves.
Very few are seeking the full truth of what is good and what is not good. It is usually what looks, feels and tastes good in the moment, with very little regard to what the future consequences will be.
Paul points out that everyone will be rewarded for what they have done. Those who seek truth and doing good will receive eternal life. Those who reject the truth and are self-seeking, will be given God’s wrath.
According to the world, every person should seek to please self first and foremost above all others. There is only to be a slight regard for others when choosing actions to please self.
In the process of seeking to please self, there are very few to no boundaries as to what can be done. Since this is the case, sin is openly accepted and promoted, even though it harms the self and often harms others in the process. Truth is rejected and evil is accepted as good.
Many in the church, who claim to believe in Jesus have also fallen for the lies and deception of the world. They have chosen to seek things for themselves, rejecting the truth and following evil, while claiming to believe in Jesus. The truth is not in them.
For all those who reject the truth of God and His word, there is only God’s judgement and wrath waiting for them. Others who have chosen to seek the truth, God and His will are in line to receive God’s blessings of eternal life.
The truth is that all have sinned and need forgiveness by Jesus and to live according to God’s word. You need to ask yourself if really seeking God’s truth or are you seeking the selfish lies of this world.
Put God and His word first in your life, fleeing evil so that you may do true good according to God’s word. Seek the truth that brings about eternal life, not the lies and deceptions of this world that bring about death.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will seek God’s will; that you will turn from evil; and that God will reveal the deceptive lies of this world.
On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” John 7:37
One of the things a person cannot live without is water, especially on a hot day. People need water to survive. They cannot go more than a few days without having any water at all.
When a person gets thirsty, he desires to have that thirst quenched with a glass of nice, cold water. Yet, even warm water will meet the need of extreme thirst.
While at a festival, Jesus called out to the people for anyone who was thirsty to come and drink from Him.
Even though drinking water can be deeply satisfying at times, it is only temporary and one will be thirsty again very soon. Water satisfies a temporary physical thirst.
Many people are thirsting for more of something in this life. They are seeking purpose and meaning to life. They desire comfort and strength for living. The things and ways of this fallen world will bring some of this for a short time. Sin always brings pleasure, but only for a moment. In the end it brings about death.
Those who go to Jesus and drink in His teaching, love, grace, mercy, and salvation, have their eternal thirst met. This is a thirst of the soul, that the things and ways of this world cannot meet or quench.
Instead of seeking relief from pain and suffering in the things of this world, one needs to look to Jesus. He must drink in the teaching Jesus taught. Once a person drinks in the Holy Spirit that Jesus gives, he will know eternal peace, comfort, strength and life.
Jesus brings eternal life to a person, not a temporary feeling.
There will be times you are thirsty for more. While it easy to cover up that thirst with the things of this world, they will not fully satisfy for long.
Get into God’s word and drink in what He has to say. Drink in the Holy Spirit that Jesus offers. Drink in the refreshing forgiveness given to you. Begin to know the eternal life God has for you starting today.
As you begin to drink in what God offers, you will begin to know satisfaction, peace and strength beyond anything that this world has to offer. Are you drinking today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will drink in God’s Holy Spirit sent to you; that you will take in the forgiveness Jesus offers you; and that you will know the eternal satisfaction in following Jesus.
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father as placed his seal of approval. John 6:27
Every day millions of people go to work around the world. Their goal in working is to provide the need or desired money. This money is desired to have in order to get the food they eat, clothes they wear and toys they want.
Some have very simple tastes in what they want, so don’t work that much. Others are willing to put in extreme hours to get high-dollar items.
Shortly after feeding about 5,000 people, the people found Jesus again. He tells them not to work for food that spoils, but for food that will last for eternity.
While every person needs food, clothing and shelter, these things are not the most important things in life. All of these things are very temporary. Shortly after eating food, a person needs more. Clothes wear out after a short time. Housing will eventually fall apart. None of them last for eternity.
The only thing that lasts for eternity is the souls of men. Although Jesus fed and healed thousands of people, when He walked on the earth, that was not His primary focus. His focus of work was to do God’s will to save the souls of people.
Over the centuries God has not changed that focus of work. Every believer has a commission to preach the gospel message and make disciples. They are to be working for God at reaching the lost, focusing on what is eternal.
God gave His seal of approval upon Jesus because He was doing His will. God will also put His seal of approval on every believer who is doing His will.
As you go through your days, ask yourself what is your focus or goal. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day living for temporary things.
Ask God what work you can do that will have an eternal impact. Then be willing to do what God places before you. Don’t allow yourself to be focused on the temporal dead things of this earth.
Aim for the things that will last for eternity–the souls of men and women. Put all your efforts in being His witness and making disciples as you work for the needed food, clothing and shelter.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will be His witness; that you will make disciples for Jesus; and that your work will see eternal results for God.